The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protections on the display.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 appears to have actually taken a leaf out of Xiaomi’s book. There is no other way to explain the strategy Asus has embraced while launching its brand-new smartphones. An aggressive technique with the cost and specifications of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 11,249 helped Asus get everyone’s attention in the budget sector at the beginning of this year.
Now, for its successor, the company has taken the same formula however made it spicier. Asus has actually selected the more effective Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, and with costs starting at Rs. 12,999, the new ZenFone Max Pro M2 12,999 does appear like a great offer. Has Asus handled to secure all of its competitors with the ZenFone Max Pro M2? Read on to find out.
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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 design.
Asus has actually provided the ZenFone Max Pro M2 a flashy exterior, which makes it easy to distinguish from the phone it changes. The smartphone is available in two colors, Blue and Titanium, and we had the previous in for the review.
Asus has actually chosen a laminated back for the ZenFone Max Pro M2, which gives it a glossy surface. This gets smudge quite quickly compared to the metal backplate on the ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review).
The ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a double electronic camera setup at the back with a single-LED flash. The fingerprint scanner is placed at the center and is simple to reach. At the front, this phone sports a 6.26-inch screen with a notch on top and a 19:9 aspect ratio. There’s Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front, which Asus claims is an initially in this cost section.
The ZenFone Max Pro M2 has thin bezels at the sides and the top, however the bottom is relatively thicker. Asus has actually moved the earpiece outside the notch and towards the frame. This helps reduce the size of the notch, while still having enough area for the selfie electronic camera, a number of sensing units, and a selfie flash. The notification LED has actually been vacated the notch and sits ideal beside the earpiece grille.
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Like the majority of other smartphones at this rate point, the ZenFone Max Pro M2’s frame is made from plastic. The power and volume buttons are on the right while the SIM tray sits on the left. We discovered the power button to be well located but the volume buttons need a bit of a stretch to reach.
At the bottom, you’ll discover the Micro-USB port, main microphone, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a speaker. A secondary microphone is at the top. While most of smartphones in this price range still have Micro-USB ports, a USB Type-C port would have been welcome.
Asus has actually curved the sides of the ZenFone Max Pro M2, that makes it comfortable to hold. What is unexpected is that the phone does not feel heavy or bulky in spite of its big battery.
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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 specs and software
The ZenFone Max Pro M1 gained popularity for its powerful processor at a budget friendly price. Asus is trying to replicate the same story by using the ZenFone Max Pro M2 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC clocked at 1.95 GHz. This new chip transcends to the Snapdragon 636. It also powers the Xiaomi Mi A2 13,948 (Review), RealMe 2 Pro 13,990 (Review) and the Vivo V9 Pro 17,990 (Review) which cost a bit more.
There are numerous RAM and storage variations of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. You can select between 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, and 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. We had the middle variant for our evaluation. Storage is expandable by approximately 2TB thanks to a dedicated microSD card slot.
Connectivity options on the ZenFone Max Pro M2 consist of Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 navigation systems, and FM Radio. This is a dual-SIM smartphone and has 2 Nano-SIM slots. There is support for 4G in addition to VoLTE on both SIM slots.
The ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a full-HD screen with 450 nits of brightness, which makes it readable under sunshine. Asus has actually likewise thrown in the alternative to change the color temperature of the display screen to your liking. The display has great watching angles and can replicate 94 percent of the NTSC color range.
One of the highlights of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is the big battery. Asus ships a 10W battery charger in the box, however there is no support for quick charging, so you can expect long charging times.
Asus has actually favored stock Android over its ZenUI skin for its spending plan phones, which should please Android perfectionists. The company has actually likewise dedicated to pushing out updates for this gadget quickly. The business ships this smartphone with Android 8.1 Oreo but has actually assured to roll out an Android Pie upgrade in January 2019.
Our evaluation system was running the October security spot, which is appropriate. In spite of this being stock Android, you get Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram preinstalled along with Google’s suite of apps.
The couple of customisations we could find were the ZenMotion gestures that let you double-tap the screen to wake the gadget or to put it to sleep, a Smart Screen On feature that avoids the phone from entering into standby while you are looking at it, and a couple of apps such as a calculator and FM radio.
The little notch frees a great deal of space on either side, letting you look at pending notifications in addition to the battery percentage and other signs. If you don’t like the notch, you might be dissatisfied that there is no way to conceal it on this phone.
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Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 performance
Taking a look at the hardware on the spec sheet, we had a concept of what to get out of the ZenFone Max Pro M2. It offers snappy performance thanks to the quick processor and stock Android. We did not experience any lag or stuttering on our unit when scrolling through the UI or while multitasking.
You can use the finger print scanner at the back to unlock this phone, however we found it a bit sluggish. Face acknowledgment is also supported. Also, unlike on the majority of phones with a notch, we couldn’t discover a setting to run apps in fullscreen mode. As a result, supported apps consisting of Google Maps ran full screen, while others kept up the locations to the sides of the notch blacked out.
A few of our benchmarks tests did not work on our evaluation unit which could be sense of Asus’ effort to keep performance ratings from dripping prior to the device’s official launch. While AnTuTu failed to run, we handled to run Geekbench 4, which returned 1,438 and 5,180 points in the single-core and multi-core tests respectively. GFXBench likewise ran fine, returning 42fps in the T-Rex test, 12fps in Manhattan 3.1, and 7.6 fps in Car Chase.
These scores are partially lower than those of the Xiaomi Mi A2. Compared to the Realme U1 11,999 (Review) which is based upon the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 ratings less in CPU criteria but outshines it in the GPU tests.
PUBG Mobile kept up the graphics set at Balanced and frame rate set to Medium. We were able to play the video game without any lag or stutter. After around 25 minutes of gameplay, the phone did get somewhat warm to the touch.
We delighted in enjoying videos and gaming on the ZenFone Max Pro M2, and the bottom-firing speaker was quite loud.
Battery life, and cameras
Battery life is exceptional thanks to the huge 5000mAh battery on board. In our HD video loop test, the phone went on for 17 hours and 58 minutes. With our use consisting of running a couple of criteria, taking some images, an hour and a half of navigation utilizing Google Maps, 25 minutes of PUBG Mobile, and an active WhatsApp account, we still ended our day with a 55 percent in the tank.
When we did plug this phone in, the provided battery charger had the ability to charge it from no to 52 percent in an hour.
Asus has actually updated the cameras on the ZenFone Max Pro M2. You get a dual-camera setup on the back with a 12-megapixel primary electronic camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensing unit. The main sensor is a Sony IMX486 with a 1.25 micron pixel size and an f/1.8 aperture, while the depth sensor helps take shots with a Bokeh effect.
At the front, this phone has a 13-megapixel sensor with a 1.12 micron pixel size and an f/2.0 aperture.
The electronic camera app is easy and simple to utilize. There are quick toggles for shooting modes, beautification, the depth effect, and the flash. You also get the choice to apply filters right before you take a shot. There is a Pro mode that lets you change focus, shutter speed, ISO, exposure, and white balance.
Auto HDR isn’t offered however you can toggle it manually. Asus has actually guaranteed an upgrade in December, which will add AI scene detection to the ZenFone Max Pro M2, together with EIS and a Coke mode for the front electronic camera.
While shooting with the ZenFone Max Pro M2 we observed that it did not set the direct exposure right in a number of scenes. For instance, a few of our test shots taken throughout the daytime came out overexposed.
This phone managed good color reproduction but it did lose out on a couple of details in items at a range. Macros had better information and the phone did a good task at separating subjects from the background.
HDR mode still requires some work. It could take care of the more vibrant locations in a scene, however shots appeared to do not have details in the shadows. Portrait mode is simple to make it possible for and gives you the choice to set the level of blur you like. The output had excellent edge detection however looked synthetic when set at the greatest level of blur.
Low-light electronic camera efficiency was average, and the phone did not change to night mode immediately. When taking landscape shots, there was a minor lag as each shot was saved. The output is acceptable, but you will notice a drop in details when you focus to each image.
Selfies were also good, and the face detection assists the ZenFone Max Pro M2 lock focus precisely when taking a group selfie. You can choose the level of beautification needed.
Video recording maxes out at 4K for the main video camera and 1080p for the selfie shooter. Video stabilisation is available at 1080p, and the phone does an excellent task of lowering shakes.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 has some huge shoes to fill, as it predecessor, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 has actually been a strong presence in this section. Asus has certainly got our attention by providing this phone an effective Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC and a huge 5000mAh battery.
Performance and battery life are both very good, however if electronic cameras are a priority for you, the Realme 2 Pro has the edge here. If you’re choosing in between these 2 phones, you likewise have to think about the benefits of stock Android rather than the customized ColorOS UI on the Realme.
Asus also seems to have actually gotten the prices right for the ZenFone Max Pro M2. Starting at Rs. 12,999, you can’t really go wrong with it. The variant we examined is priced at Rs. 14,999, which is a little greater than a similarly configured RealMe 2 Pro (Review) or Realme U1 (Review).
Going with stock Android was a clever relocation, and if Asus sticks with its guarantee of updates, this phone will offer even much better value down the line than it does now.